Saint Saviour Catholic Academy
Saint Saviour Catholic Academy prepares students from Nursery to grade 8 for higher education. At SSCA we educate children from all walks of life in a nurturing and supportive Catholic environment. Beginning in our early childhood program our teachers create an exciting, developmentally appropriate curriculum encouraging the children to explore their world through hands-on activities. Our elementary grades offer a balanced curriculum of rigorous academics and a vibrant arts/music program paired with the spiritual teachings of Catholicism. Technology, including SMART Boards, computers, and tablets are integrated throughout our elementary grades along with a 1:1 Google Chromebook program in our Middle School.
We believe that education encompasses the academic, social, and spiritual needs of the learner and try our best to differentiate instruction so that we can support various learning styles and needs. In addition, each student’s success is often dependent upon how they feel socially within a classroom. To this end, we have implemented the Responsive Classroom Approach, which centers on positive language to maximize learning and consistency among classrooms.Each year our graduates receive thousands of dollars in scholarships and place into top public, private, and Catholic high schools.
Progressive Catholic Church in brooklynI attend St. Saviour on 8th Ave/6th Street, and I would recommend checking out a family mass on Sunday at 9:30. Like you, I am progressive, was raised Catholic, and spent some years away from the church. That changed when I had kids and my faith has become more and more important to me during my time as a parent. A few of the things I really appreciate about St. Saviour: -The mission statement (on the cover of the bulletin every week) states that all are welcome, including people of all races, cultures, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, whether or not one has been incarcerated, divorced, etc. -The religious staff are all accessible, approachable, welcoming, real people with senses of humor. The pastor, Father Frank, plus Fr. Kevin and Deacon Paul, consistently offer compelling and down to earth homilies; they shed light on scripture and tie it to everyday life. Sister Mary is lovely, caring, organizes a lot of programs for kids and gets to know everyone. -Speaking of programs for kids, there is faith formation for grades 1-8 after family mass during the school year, plus other opportunities for young ones to be involved, from choir, being a lector/server, children's stations of the cross where they act out each station, dress as a saint on the Sunday before Halloween, etc. There's also a brownbagger's homeless outreach during the winter, where kids and adults can pack lunches for folks in need and literally practice what's preached. -The music minister is extremely talented and the music is always gorgeous. -Diverse congregation, welcoming vibe. (My husband was not raised in any religion so it's typically been me taking my kids, but even he enjoys attending with us now and then.)
St. Savior and St. Joseph the Worker for 3KOur daughter is at SSCA for Pre-K. She is having a great experience with a very lovely, nurturing teacher. We chose SSCA because we thought it would be a good option during the pandemic in terms of safety and opening. The class sizes are small and they didn't close in 2021. That said, I believe they are now far behind other schools. They do not do surveillance testing despite requests from the parents. And in the news this week is a commitment from the diocese to drop mark mandates should that prevail in appeals court. While I am looking forward to the day when children don't need to wear masks, at a minimum I think everyone needs to have the option for a vaccine which is not the case for our precious under 5s.
Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K SurveyReview: We decided on SSCA during covid based on the pre-K full-time program, strict cleaning protocol and strong, supportive, organized staff. It paid off because we had a very successful year! Amazing teachers, great pre-K activities, awesome facilities, and a very loving, encouraging vibe all around - all of which we knew was essential for our four year old during the pandemic. Facility amenities: Normally, the school provides the above [outdoor space, after-school options, early morning hours, meals], but not during the pandemic… What would you change about the program? Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? The staff was diligent, thoughtful, aware, careful, all things amazing.
St Saviour Catholic Academy reviewsSSCA is a truly remarkable school. Even before a global pandemic unhinged the world, the staff and faculty had a way of guiding students and families through challenging moments. My son has been at the school since PreK, when he became a big brother. It was very hard for him, having been an only child for 5.5 years! But the school enveloped him - and our entire family - in love and support and the solid base he had at school anchored him and made such a difference to him during such a hard transition in his little life. And now as a thriving 2nd grader attending school during a pandemic, the solid ground the school has given us to walk on is a true gift. SSCA manages to do two very difficult things at once: provide a safe, secure loving environment, while also holding our children to high academic standards. It is worth repeating: SSCA is a truly remarkable place. As full-time working parents, it was very important for us to place her in a setting that could provide her with a strong academic base, a place where she could feel like she belonged, and most importantly, a school where we knew she would be safe. Coming from a large public school, we find the entire staff and teachers at SSCA to be welcoming, devoted and skilled at challenging each child to excel academically at their own pace. I know she will continue to advance in her education. SSCA feels more like a good family and we highly recommend SSCA. (March 2021 review)
St Saviour Catholic Academy reviewsSince 2016 to present we've had three children at SSCA starting from PreK to 3rd grade. Each year has been a great experience for each of our children: not only they receive an excellent education academically, but they are also beautifully encouraged and supported in their growth as human beings. We are deeply grateful to the Principal and all the teachers and staff at SSCA for being not only great, but also truly caring for each student. We know our children couldn't be happier in any other school! Current grade of your child: 1st and 3rd Years Present at SSCA: 5 years Overall experience: Absolutely wonderful. Teachers: Caring, thoughtful, creative, supportive, fun. Homework: Reasonable. Character: SSCA is a kind and warm community. We have loved being a part of it, and our kids have been very happy at the school. Leadership: The principal is very generous, communicative, accessible, and compassionate. Our daughter is currently in 5th grade, having started at SSCA in Kindergarten, and our son is in 1st grade. We feel so lucky to be a part of the SSCA community, which is caring and welcoming to all. In particular, as a family which celebrates both Christian and Jewish traditions, we have always felt at home. The small class size, the very engaged teachers, the visionary principal, and the safe and clean school building are some of the many features we cherish. The Academy has gone above and beyond during Covid: reopening after Labor Day for full time in person learning has been amazing and so important for our kids. And the use of outdoor space for learning, whether in Prospect Park which is one block away or by closing down the streets around the school has been brilliant. We cannot day enough positive things about SSCA! This was our daughter’s first year in middle school and our first year at SSCA. We were so grateful for the welcoming community and administration, and their commitment to open the school and offer in-person, hybrid, and remote learning this year. We were also impressed by her teachers and their willingness to make the school year a success despite the pandemic and all its challenges. Her homework load is reasonable, the material she is learning seems appropriate for grade level, and the small class-size has allowed for a more intimate learning environment. The music program (band and chorus) has been a highlight for her this past year. Our experience at SSCA is nothing short of fabulous. Our daughter started in September and we are beyond pleased with our decision to send her here. The anxiety of starting a new school in 5th grade and during these unprecedented times of COVID added to our apprehension. We were impressed on the 1st day with the safety protocol, caring environment and especially grateful for the in person education this year. (March 2021 review)
St. Savior Catholic Academy ReviewsWe have two kids at SSCA as a result of pandemic and are definitely open to keeping them there next year. It's a Catholic School, it's not free of religion or religious policies certainly. It's not every day but it's not zero by any means. If you don't want that exposure, it's not the school for you probably. There's a very high amount of racial and socio economic diversity, unlike our time in park slope public school. We've only been a brief time but the parent community is really great too. (February 2021 review)
Saint Savior FeedbackOurs is a die-hard SSCA family - both our children are enrolled - and continue to stay enrolled - since they were in Nursery. My daughter will now enter 3rd grade and my son 1st grade (gulp, how did that happen...). As a family we have thrived, and grown, and been loved and supported. And our children are better for it. Principal Sue Walsh is a true educator - and parent. She 'gets it' and that theme runs through the rest of the staff and faculty. The school is socially, racially and economically diverse and reflects "New York" and "Brooklyn" - as an immigrant that was/remains important to me. I want my children to grow up and learn in an environment that was reflective of the society in which they live. As working parents both my husband and I feel very supported. We both have the types of corporate jobs that dont easily lend themselves to being in the classroom to serve pizza, or on school trips. But we have never felt judged. And when we can, we pitch in whole heartedly and in any other way we can. Happy to discuss further. Couldnt be my grateful or happier with SSCA. (September 2020 review)
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyOur daughter has attended the nursery and the Pre-K programs at SSCA, and we have been thrilled with the school's approach to early childhood education. The classroom environments are loving and nurturing, the teachers are constantly going above and beyond with interesting art and science projects and neighborhood and park trips. Our only regret is that rest time was only 30-45 minutes in the nursery program, and appears to only be about 25-30 minutes in the pre-K program. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours.
Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyType: Pre-K About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Partners with Red Rabbit Review: Play-based education, great teachers, fun music, art, and gym curriculum What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I would expand their Spanish lessons
Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyType: Preschool About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours Review: My child was the happiest he has ever been while enrolled in Saint Saviour's full-day Nursery (3 year old) program. He made good friends, he loved his teachers and respected them, and he was proud of his involvement in projects. Most of all, he felt valued just for being himself, the way he is now. As parents, we couldn't have asked for more. Every morning, his class started by playing in the gym, which was a great way for him to be with friends and to get his energy out. Then they would do fun class projects. They would go outside to the school's courtyard, to Prospect Park, or to take a walk in the neighborhood.
Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK SurveyLocation: 701 8th Avenue Brooklyn Review: Wonderful school with warm and welcome faculty and other friendly families. Most importantly the teachers create the perfect environment to begin a child's education. Learning is play based and very organic but the growth in the student certainly shows. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I have virtually nothing negative to say about my experience here so far. The only downside is that it does come at a cost but I feel the expense is worth it. Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK SurveyReview: Full day was 8:30-2:30. Emphasis on following play based structure was key. Teachers were kind, patient, attentive, and encouraging. Kids were from all over Brooklyn. They were fun and shared well. Morning meetings, music, and gym time were favorites for my little guy. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, It is an allergy aware school. Snacks are provided, and you can opt into Red Rabbit service. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I would have preferred it if the school participated in NYC's Universal Pre-K Program. Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP reviewProgram: Nursery/3s program Length of Time: 5 full days Child's Age: 2-3 years Review: My child has been attending the 3s program at Saint Saviour Catholic Academy since September and I am very happy with his progress there. His teachers have been very helpful and kind as he makes the transition to longer and more days of school, and he has enjoyed the program. In addition to regular preschool activities (arts & crafts, singing, free play, walks to the park, etc) led by his two terrific teachers, a music teacher comes to their classroom weekly, which is a highlight. He has made some good friends, and loves to see them outside of school as well, such as at a Halloween party last weekend. The school has many opportunities for parents to volunteer, such as setting up for special events or facilitating "pizza Fridays", and there are several fundraisers throughout the year families are expected to participate in. The principal is has an extensive Early Education background and has expanded the program in recent years. My nephew also attended and enjoyed the school for nursery and pre-K and so we had the benefit of knowing my son's head teacher in advance and having great confidence in her. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP SurveyReview date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: PK and PK3 Length of time: 5 days a week Child's age: 3-4 years Review: Some teachers are wonderful. The facilities are nice. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend